Make 21st century India’s century: Modi to Indian community in Manila

Manila, Nov 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it is the duty of Indians to work to make the 21st century India’s century, adding Our efforts are aimed at transforming India and ensuring everything in out nation matches global standards.

Addressing an Indian community reception organised by Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar, Modi asserted ” If the 21st century is considered to be Asia’s century, then it becomes our duty to make it India’s century and I say it is possible”.

Modi said India had always contributed to mantain global peace.

“Our contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Forces is among the biggest,” he said. “India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi, peace is integral to our culture”, he added.

Asserting that he had come to a country and a region that was very important to India, Modi said that his government had stressed on the Act East Policy from the very beginning.

Indian Prime Minister arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines during the course of which he will attend the 15th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit on Tuesday.

Highlighting his government major initiatives, Modi said he launched the Pradhan Manatri Jan Dhan Yojana which allowed poor people who did not have bank accounts to open zero balance accounts.

“Today, the poor have learnt how to save and Rs 67,000 crore have been deposited in these accounts.”

Referring to India’s  cleanliness drive, he said “Which citizen does not want cleanliness? We have started from where Mahatma Gandhi left and till now more than two lakh villages in India have become open defecation-free.”

Apart from this, he said after his government promised free gas connections to five crore needy families, three crore families had benefitted.

“This has become possible because 1.25 crore families gave up gas cylinder subsidy that they have been availing,” Modi asserted.

Wefornews Bureau 

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